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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Boxing Day deals before Christmas becomes newest gimmick

    First Black Friday bumped up, now the Boxing Day shopping creep is becoming standard.

    While is opening its “Boxing Day Deals store” again on Dec. 23, and Best Buy’s Boxing Day sale starts on Christmas Eve, sporting retailers Atmosphere and Sport Chek advertised Boxing Day sales that began on Saturday and other businesses were pushing Boxing Week events even earlier.

    “It certainly is a creep and I don’t know if it makes sense,” said Alex Arifuzzaman of InterStratics Consulting Inc. of the shift from the traditional Dec. 26 sales bonanza.

    “From a retailer profit point of view, I don’t see what the advantage is. The retailers before Christmas are bursting at the seams, so what’s the point of lowering your margins at a time when there’s a shopping frenzy going on?

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    Hudson’s Bay Company takes out $1.25-billion mortgage on Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York

    TORONTO – Savvy real estate investor Richard Baker dipped into another prized Hudson’s Bay Co. property Monday to improve the retailer’s capital structure.

    But his US$1.25-billion refinancing of its flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store in New York is just one a step of a more ambitious plan to unlock the value of the company’s real estate assets in the spring.

    “By the end of [the current fourth quarter], we will publicly announce a structure for the value of our real estate,” the retailer’s chief executive said in an interview. “We think we have two obligations. One is to share with our shareholders what it is that we own — give them as much insight and as much disclosure as we can, and then let them decide whether that means anything.”

    Investors warmed to the news, sending HBC’s shares in Toronto up $1.62 or 8% to $21.82 on Monday.

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    Target Posts Third-Quarter Gains: Is The Cheap-Chic Discounter Getting Its Groove Back?

    Target TGT +6.61% posted third-quarter  gains that beat analysts’ expectations, driven by a solid performance from its U.S. business that it hopes will carry over into the make-or-break, fourth quarter holiday selling season.

    The retailer’s troubled Canadian business also showed signs of improvement, the company said.

    The quarterly rebound follows a rough patch for the cheap-chic discounter, which has been reeling from a brand-damaging security breach that led to the May resignation of CEO Gregg Steinhafel, a botched expansion into Canada as well as lackluster merchandising in its U.S. stores.

    For the quarter ended November 1, Target’s sales rose 1.9% to $17.3 billion, reflecting a 1.2% gain in comparable sales combined with sales from new stores.

    Net income rose to $352 million from $341 million in the year-ago quarter.

    “We’re encouraged by the improving trend we’ve seen in our U.S. business throughout the year, and our fourth quarter plans are designed to sustain this momentum,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, who replaced Steinhafel in July.

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    Sears Canada Reports Third Quarter Results

    TORONTONov. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. (TSX: SCC; NASDAQ: SRSC) today announced its unaudited third quarter results.  Total revenues for the 13-week period ended November 1, 2014 were $834.5 million compared to $982.3 million for the 13-week period ended November 2, 2013.  Same store sales decreased by 9.5%.  The balance of the decrease in revenues was primarily attributable to revenues from stores closed as a result of early termination and amendment of certain full-line store leases and the sale of certain joint arrangement interests in Fiscal 2013.

    The net loss for the third quarter of 2014 was $118.7 million or $1.16 per share compared to a net loss of $48.8 million or 48 cents per share for the third quarter of last year.  Included in the net loss for the third quarter of this year were pre-tax impairment charges of $44.4 million, compared to pre-tax impairment charges of $22.6 million for the third quarter of last year.  Also included in the net loss for the third quarter of this year was an income tax expense of$43.7 million compared to an income tax recovery of $16.7 million for the same quarter of last year.  The third quarter of 2014 also included pre-tax transformation expenses of $4.0 million compared to $20.2 million for the same quarter of last year as well as a pre-tax gain of $14.6 million related to the sale of the Company's interest in certain joint arrangements with no comparable gain in the same quarter last year.  Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) for the third quarter of this year was a loss of $19.4 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $7.3 million for the third quarter of last year.

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